Stephen D. Susman

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
 | 1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-653-7801
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1965
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen D. Susman has a remarkable record of winning very high-profile cases, working for plaintiffs against an array of large corporate interests. His defense work has included select corporate and individual clients. All of Mr. Susman's success can be traced back to his deep-rooted belief that his compensation should come from getting results. His career has allowed him to build his equally successful firm, Susman Godfrey LLP, which has offices in Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. Mr. Susman works out of the Houston, Texas office.

Mr. Susman teaches and lectures on a wide array of legal subjects, including climate change litigation, instructing lawyers around the world on effective advocacy and instituting reforms in the civil justice system. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and the 2005 Distinguished Counselor Award from the Antitrust and Business Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. Susman is a Houston native and is admitted to the Texas, District of Columbia, New York and Colorado state bars.

 
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Admitted 1965, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.susmangodfrey.com/Attorneys/Stephen-D-Susman/#Pan...

Honors and Awards:

  • Southern California Law & Politics names Victoria Cook and Kathy Hoek as "2012 Top LA Women Lawyers"
  • Susman Godfrey's win in Dillard's, Inc. vs. i2 Technologies, Inc. ranks number 8 in the National Law Journal's TOP 100 VERDICTS OF 2010
  • Lawdragon 500 Names Stephen D. Susman and Bill Carmody As "2006 Leading Lawyers In America"
  • Lawdragon 500 Names Bill Carmody, Marc Seltzer, Steve Susman, and Lee Godfrey As "2007 Leading Lawyers in America"
  • Lawdragon 500 Names Bill Carmody and Steve Susman As "2008 Leading Lawyers In America"
  • Lawdragon 500 Names Bill Carmody, Steve Susman, Lee Godfrey and Neal Manne As "2011 Leading Lawyers In America"
  • Fraternities: Phi Delta Phi; Order of the Coif; Chancellors, Grand Chancellor; Phi Kappa Phi
  • Friars Society
  • Editor-in-Chief, Texas Law Review, 1964-65
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Texas, 1975
  • Special Counsel to Attorney General of Texas, 1975
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1978
  • University of Texas School of Law Outstanding Alumnus, 2001
  • Distinguished Counselor Award from the Antitrust and Business Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2005
  • Recognized in Expert Guides, Legal Media Group of Euromoney Trading LTD as "Best of the Best" — one of the world's top 25 pre-eminent Litigation lawyers
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Texas 2007 and 2008 as a pre-eminent lawyer in the areas of commercial litigation and competition
  • Recognized in Chambers Global Guide: The World's Leading Lawyers as Leader in Their Field in 2007 & 2008
  • Recognized as a Lawdragon 500 — Leading Lawyer in America, 2006-2010
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in two categories: "Bet the Company" lawyers and commercial litigation, 2008-2010
  • Recognized in BENCHMARK Litigation Guide as one of America's Leading Litigation Attorneys, 2009
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialist's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
  • International Who's Who Legal: Among Top Ten Leading Litigators in the world, November 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1978

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, The New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Union Internationale des Avocats
  • Member, The University of Texas Law School Foundation Board
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Trustee, U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Board Member, American Constitution Society
  • Member, Warren Burger Society
  • Board of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law of Texas
  • National Council of Human Rights First
  • Texas Supreme Court's Task Force on Civil Litigation Improvements
  • Charter Member, Institute for Responsible Dispute Resolution
  • Director, University of Houston Law Foundation
  • Director, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
  • Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee
  • University of Texas School of Law's Review of Litigation, Advisory Board
  • BNA Civil RICO Reporter, Editorial Advisory Board
  • Section of Intellectual Property, American Bar Association
  • Member of Committee to Improve Jury Comprehension, American Bar Association
  • Chairman of Task Force on Fast Track Litigation, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair of Task Force on Training the Advocate, American Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Advisory Board, American Bar Association
  • Member of Council, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
  • State Bar of Texas, Chairman, Section on Antitrust and Trade Regulation, 1976 To 1977

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • Leadership Council of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • The University of Texas Development Board
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center Development Board
  • Board of Visitors, MD Anderson University Cancer Foundation
  • Trustee, Yale University Art Gallery

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Federal Bar Council Winter Conference, Cabo San Lucas, Costs of Litigation/Future of the Legal Profession, Pre-Trial Agreements, Feb. 24, 2011
  • ABA Distance CLE Program via Teleconference, Efficiently Preparing a Case for Trial, January 12, 2010
  • Spoke on Climate Change — Scientific, Legal & Policy panel at Texas Environmental Super Conference in Austin, Anatomy of a Global Warming Lawsuit, August 2, 2007
  • BNA Audio Conference Panel/Speech "Public Nuisance", February 27, 2007
  • Pricewater house Coopers Securities Litigation Study Briefing, New York, NY Panel Discussion, April 6, 2010
  • ABA LITT Program, Chicago,  Demonstration of Closing Arguments State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, San Antonio, TX, "Trying a Complex Lawsuit" Panel, July 21-23, 2010
  • Spoke at HBA Environmental Law Section, Houston, TX, Climate Change Litigation, January 10, 2007
  • Spoke on panel at DRI Corporate Counsel Roundtable, New York, NY, Why Corporate Defendants Lose Lawsuits, January 26, 2007
  • Spoke at UH Law Center, Why Corporate Defendants Lose Lawsuits, February 6, 2007
  • Spoke at Stanford Law School, Subject Climate Change Litigation, February 24, 2007
  • Unable to Attend — SMU IP Symposium, Future of Patent Cases, February 26, 2007
  • Spoke at Glasser "Successful Law Firm Expansion in NY" Symposium, Firm Profitability & Opening a NYC Office, March 1, 2007
  • Spoke at UT School of Law 20th Annual Technology & Computer Law Conference, Fee Agreements in Technology Litigation, May 24, 2007
  • Spoke on "Going Green" panel at NASABA Convention in San Francisco, Anatomy of a Global Warming Lawsuit, June 30, 2007
  • Faculty for the Litigation Trial Training Seminar at DePaul University, Chicago, July 11-13, 2007
  • Spoke at UT Law's Teaching the Teachers: Effective Instruction in Legal Research-Panel (From the Courthouse to the Classroom) with Judge Atlas, Joe Jamail, & HarryReasoner, Why use visual aids at trial, October 19, 2007
  • Spoke at ACI Climate Change Liability Conference in New Orleans Panel: Causation & Other Evidentiary Issues: Plaintiffs' Arguments & Challenges vs. Defense Responses to Tort Claims, Anatomy of a Global Warming Lawsuit, November 29, 2007
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law Oral History (cd), November 2007
  • Spoke on panel at ABA Section of Litigation Teleconference, Thirty Days Before Trial (cd), January 9, 2008
  • Spoke at Susman Godfrey Firm Luncheon, Business Development 101 & What We Learned in SKY v. Ariba, January 16, 2008
  • Guest Speaker at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law Environmental Law Society, Anatomy of a Global Warming Lawsuit, February 19, 2008
  • Guest Speaker at Stanford Law School, Complex Litigation course, Anatomy of a Global Warming Lawsuit, March 17, 2008
  • Interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! "Groundbreaking Lawsuit AccusesBig Oil of Conspiracy to Deceive Public About Climate Change", July 3, 2008
  • IADC Annual Meeting, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV, Global Warming Litigation, July 7, 2008
  • Faculty for Litigation Trial Training Seminar in Chicago "Closing Argument", July 10-11, 2008
  • Houston Renewable Energy Network Guest Speaker at Haynes & Boone, Houston, Global Warming Litigation, Global Warming Litigation, September 5, 2008
  • UT Law School Alumni Luncheon Guest Speaker in Austin, Joy of Lawyering, September 5, 2008
  • PLI Program Jury Trials, New York, NY, Closing Arguments, September 12, 2008
  • Firm Retreat Beaver Creek, CO, Closing Arguments, September 20, 2008
  • Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, New Haven, CT, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars and Global Warming Litigation, October 7, 2008
  • UT Insurance Law CLE, Austin, TX, Global Warming Litigation, October 23, 2008
  • New Mexico Section of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Albuquerque, NM, Global Warming Litigation, October 24, 2008
  • ACC Legal Symposium, Houston, TX, Managing Corporate Litigation, October 28, 2008
  • LyondellBasell Litigation Team Meeting, Houston, Litigation Outlook for 2009, December 12, 2008
  • Section of Litigation Teleconference, Preparing Your Witness to Testify, January 13, 2009
  • Oregon State Winter Series on Global Climate Change, Corvallis, OR, Global Warming Litigation with Losing Ground presentation, March 2, 2009
  • NYU School of Law Seminar,  Global Warming Litigation with Losing Ground presentation, March 23, 2009
  • Susman Godfrey Attorney Training, Ethics in Litigation, April 8, 2009
  • Susman Godfrey Attorney Training, Beauty Contests, April 15, 2009
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Tackling the Super Case, April 30, 2009
  • ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, Panel on "So What Do I Do Now?" Ethical Dilemmas in Accepting an Engagement and Working Up a Case, May 1, 2009
  • American Constitution Society Conference, Washington, DC, Panel on Environmental Litigation, June 19, 2009
  • Texas State Bar Association's Patent Litigation in Texas — 2009 and Beyond, Lake Tahoe, NV, Using Mock Trials to Aid Jury Selection in Patent Infringement Cases, July 23, 2009
  • Texas State Bar Association's Advanced Civil Trial Course, San Antonio, TX, The Financial Crisis: A Tide of Litigation, July 29, 2009
  • ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Trial Objection Panel, July 30, 2009
  • Susman Godfrey Retreat/Attorney Training, Lessons Learned from Casey and Examples of Good/Bad PowerPoints, September 12, 200
  • TACTAS Meeting, Houston, TX, How to get along with opposing counsel, September 17, 2009
  • Global Justice Forum, Columbia Law School, Competition Panel, October 17, 2009
  • UIA Congress — Seville, Litigation Commission Panel, October 29, 2009
  • Associate Training, Houston via Teleconference, Keeping Clients Happy, November 6, 2009
  • ACI Reducing Legal Costs Program, Philadelphia, PA, Reducing Discovery Costs/A Focus on Litigation & E-Discovery Costs Panel, November 20, 2009
  • PLI Trial by Jury, New York, NY,  Closing Arguments, December 2, 2009
  • The Attorney General's Distinguished Speakers Series, Austin, TX, Trial by Agreement: Removing the Stress and Expense of Fighting with Opposing Counsel, December 8, 2009
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar, Efficiently Preparing a Case for Trial, April 9, 2010
  • The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules Conference at Duke University School of Law ,"Issues with the Current State of Discovery: Is there really Discovery, and, if so, What are the possible Solutions" Panel Discussion, May 10, 2010
  • The Commercial Bar Association North American Meeting in Lisbon, Moot Panel, June 3-5, 2010
  • ABA LITT Program, Chicago, Demonstration of Closing Arguments, July 9-10, 2010
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, San Antonio, TX, "Limiting the Length of Trials — the Shorter the Better" Trying a Complex Lawsuit Panel, July 21-23, 2010
  • ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, "Litigation in the Internet Age", Aug. 6, 2010
  • ACI National Forum on Reducing Legal Costs, Philadelphia, PA, "The View from Outside Counsel: Law Firm Managing and Founding Partners Speak out on How to Control Costs, Increase Value, and Improve Satisfaction for Clients" (no paper), Oct. 22, 2010
  • NY City Bar, City Bar Center for CLE, New York, NY, "The How-To of Effective and Cost Effective Discovery", Nov. 22, 2010
  • Harris County Democratic Lawyers Lunch Program, Houston, TX, "Reducing the Burdens and Expenses of Litigation, Jan. 6, 2011
  • Dallas Bar, Business Law Section, luncheon, Dallas, TX, "Trial by Agreement — How to Reduce Stress and Improve Results Through Cooperation", Pretrial and Trial Agreement presented, Jan. 11, 2011
  • ABA, Section of Litigation, Distance CLE Teleconference, "Killer Cross — Your's and Their's", Jan. 12, 2011
  • HBA Historical Committee Interview, Houston, TX, Jan. 12, 2011
  • AAJ Winter Convention, Miami, FL, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Feb. 5, 2011
  • ACS Federal Courts, Inc?, Roundtable Conversation on Corporate Influence and the Courts, Feb. 8, 2011
  • PLI Program on Federal Civil Practice, New York, NY, The Last Thirty Days Before Trial, Feb. 8, 2011
  • Rice University, Environmental Law Class, Global Warming Litigation, Feb. 15, 2011
  • 13th Annual Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation, Del Mar, CA, Uniformity in Rules Practice Between State Courts and the Federal System/Trans-Substantivity, April 7, 2011
  • ABA Antitrust & Consumer Law Issues in the Energy Industry, Houston, TX, Current Jury Attitudes in Energy Litigation, Procedures for Mock Trials, May 5, 2011
  • ABA Section of Litigation Webinar, "Trial by Agreement", January 10, 2012
  • Federal Bar Association, Southern District, Houston, TX, “Trial by Agreement”, April 19, 2012
  • Yale 50th Reunion Finance Panel, “Global Financial Debacle", June 1, 2012
  • Editor, "ABA Civil Antitrust Jury Instructions", 1985
  • State Action Immunity and Antitrust Issues in Cable TV Franchises 3 Comment 645, 1981
  • Prosecuting the Antitrust Class Action 49 Antitrust Law Journal 1513, 1980
  • Standing in Private Antitrust Cases:...Supreme Court Going? 52 Antitrust Law Journal 465, 1983
  • Follow this link for a List of Lectures: List of Lectures

Representative Clients:

  • Computer Statistics, Inc. v. Blair, U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • Glen McNew v. Harry Bradley, 55th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Stitt Spark Plug Co. v. Champion Spark Plug Co., U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Beaumont Division
  • Beer Wholesales, Inc., et al. v. Hillman Distributing Co., Inc., et al., U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • In Re Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation, U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • Texas Federal Pilots, Inc., et al. v. Sabine Pilots Association, U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division
  • Affiliated Capital vs. Gulf Coast Cable, et al., U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • Larry W. Buck v. Frank B. Hall & Co., Inc., 189th District Court, Harris County, Texas
  • Joseph F. Javor v. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • Esso Exploration, Inc., et al. v. Offshore Logistics, Inc., et al., U.S.D.C., Western District Louisiana, LaFayette Division
  • Coastal Distributing Company, Inc. v. NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd., et al., U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • Detroit Lions, Inc., and Billy Sims v. Jerry A. Argovitz, et al., U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division
  • Star Furniture Company v. Stauffer Chemical Company, 55th District Court, Harris County, Texas
  • David Mitchell Interests v. Sanford E. McCormick, 127th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Mount Hope Mines, Inc. v. Exxon Corporation, 55th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Arkansas Gazette Co. v. Camden News Publishing Co., et al., U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division
  • Harvey Construction Company, et al. vs. General Electric Company, 333rd Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Oil Country Specialists, Ltd. v. Philipp Brothers, Inc., et al., 133rd Judicial District, Harris County
  • El Paso Natural Gas Company, et al. v. GHR Energy Corporation, et al., 127th Judicial District, Harris County
  • Joe Brand, Inc., et al. v. The Rouse Company, et al., 225th Judicial District, Bexar County
  • City of Austin, Texas and Lower Colorado River Authority v. Decker Coal Company, U.S. District Court, Austin Division
  • Ultramar Indonesia Limited v. Roy M. Huffington, Inc., 151st Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • El Paso Natural Gas Company, et al. v. GHR Energy Corporation, et al., 127th Judicial District, Harris County
  • Computer Associates International, Inc. v. Altai, Inc., U.S.D.C, Eastern District of New York
  • Hachar's, Inc. v. Enterprise Laredo Associates, et al., 49th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas
  • The Mischer Corporation, et al. v. Heil-Quaker Corporation, et al., 157th Judicial District, Harris County
  • The Hertz Corporation v. Hayes Leasing Company, Inc., et al., 160th Judicial District, Dallas County, Texas
  • Electronics in Medicine, Inc., et al. v. Picker International, Inc., U.S. District Court, Houston Division
  • Capital Maritime Corporation v. Amfels, Inc., Far East Levingston Shipbuilding Ltd., John B. Allison and Patrick A. McDermid, U.S. District Court, Houston Division
  • Brochsteins Inc. v. Whittaker Corporation, U.S. District Court, Houston Division
  • Sunrise Systems, Inc. v. Xerox Corporation, U.S. District Court, Dallas Division
  • Ron Harris, et al. v. Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., 60th Judicial District, Jefferson County, Texas
  • John Swanson, George Swanson, and George E. Swanson Enterprises (Pty.) Ltd. v. Schlumberger Technology Corporation, Schlumberger Limited, Inc., and DeBeers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., 281st Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Daniel S. Peña, Sr. v. Great Western Resources, Inc., 165th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Coastal Oil & Gas Corporation and ANR Production Company v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, 49th Judicial District, Zapata County, Texas
  • Frank A. Benevento II v. RJR Nabisco, Inc., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Siege Industries, Inc. v. Clark Manufacturing, Inc., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division
  • BTA Oil Producers v. Intratex Gas Company; Panhandle Gas Company, 80th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Samsung v. Texas Instruments, Inc., 268th Judicial District, Fort Bend County, Texas
  • ATAPCO v. Intratex Gas Company; Panhandle Gas Company, 80th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • Central And South West Corporation v. El Paso Electric Company, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
  • Breezevale Limited v. Exxon Corporation, 101st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas
  • Alvarez, et al. v. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division
  • Victoria M. Baks, et al. v. Manuel J. Moroun, State of Michigan, Circuit Court for the County of Oakland
  • American Garment Finishers Corp. v. Levi Strauss & Co., United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division
  • Raytheon Co. v. Hughes Electronics Corp.
  • Residential Funding Corporation v. DeGeorge Financial Corp., et al., United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • Louie Alakayak, et al. v. All Alaskan Seafoods, Inc. et al., Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Third Judicial District
  • Cavalry Investments, L.L.C. v. SunStar Acceptance, et al., County Court No. 4, Dallas County, Texas
  • Bull Run Corporation v. Ernst & Young, L.L.P.
  • National Health Systems, Inc., et al. v. Bergen Brunswig Drug Company
  • Masimo Corporation v. Tyco Health Care Group, LP, United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division
  • Candlewood Timber Group LLC, et al. v. Pan American Energy LLC, Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for New Castle County
  • Applied Medical Resources Corp. v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., United States District Court, Central District of California, Southern Division
  • Sky Technologies, LLC v. Ariba, Inc., United States District for the District of Massachusetts
  • Neil Rothstein v. Law Offices of Scott & Scott, LLC, Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law, LLP and David R. Scott
  • Northville Product Services, L.P. v. Green Earth Fuels, L.L.C., et al., 11th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas
  • 54 Broadcasting, Inc., et al. v. LIN Television of Texas, L.P., United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin Division
  • Paula Brattain, et al. v. Richmond State Hospital, et al., Marion County Superior Court, Civil Division
  • Industrial Recovery Capital Holdings Co., et al. v. Harold C. Simmons et al, L-192 District Court, Dallas County, Texas
  • Jamie McCourt v. Frank H. McCourt, Jr., Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Family Division
  • Capital Justice LLC, et al v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • West Publishing Company
  • Phillip Brothers, Incorporated
  • Peter Kiewit & Sons
  • General Electric

Educational Background:

  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1962
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